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Charles enjoys perfect start for Northern Ireland U19s

14 June 2022

Club News

Charles enjoys perfect start for Northern Ireland U19s

14 June 2022

Young Owls goalkeeper Pierce Charles made the perfect start on his debut for Northern Ireland Under-19s.

The 16-year-old shot-stopper came away with a clean sheet as Northern Ireland beat Malta 6-0 in an away friendly.

Charles, who has previously represented his international side at Under-17 level, enjoyed the experience with the higher age group.

He told “It was good! I didn’t have the most to do in the game, I had a couple of saves and crosses to take, it was mainly just distribution.


“But to keep a clean sheet and win 6-0, it was a very comfortable win for the team and it boosts my confidence.

“I was on standby for the previous Under-19s games but I didn’t expect an actual call-up to the year above, so it was a good surprise when I got it!

“I got an email from Northern Ireland saying I was selected and it was a big boost and a reward for everything last season.”

Representing your country often leads to new experiences and Charles enjoyed his first opportunity to play for his nation overseas. 


He added: “It was a new experience, playing abroad for your country against teams that you haven’t played against.

“It’s good because the lads welcome you very well and they are a great bunch, so being around them helps.

“I wasn’t expecting to start the first game but I put in plenty of graft in the sessions beforehand and that helped my chances.

“The biggest difference is the physicality of the players and obviously the speed is a lot quicker, but getting used to that improves you as a player.”


The former Manchester City player can now enjoy some well-earned rest before reporting back to S6 for pre-season, but Charles is already looking forward to returning to Middlewood Road. 

He added: “All the work I’ve put in during the season is being rewarded and I have to keep working and hopefully get my rewards in the future and more achievements.

“I’ve got a bit of time to switch off now, a week-long holiday is good to recover the body and the mind.

“I will still be keeping on top of my fitness because we have a big season ahead, I can’t wait to be back in for pre-season and seeing all the lads again.”

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